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Thursday 14 December 2017

Oldest mountaineer dies before dream climb

85 year old Dr John Lyne from Castletownbere enjoys a rest at the Dereenataggart Stone Circle during his daily walk in the West Cork countryside. Pic: Niall Duffy
85 year old Dr John Lyne from Castletownbere enjoys a rest at the Dereenataggart Stone Circle during his daily walk in the West Cork countryside. Pic: Niall Duffy

Ralph Riegel and Barry Duggan

IRELAND'S oldest mountaineer has died before he could fulfil his lifelong dream of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Dr John Lyne (85) from Castletownbere in west Cork died following a short illness -- but not before he became famous for conquering peaks ranging from Carrauntoohil to Hungry Hill in his 80s.

Incredibly, the doctor boasted a record of having climbed the Kerry peak no less than 205 times in his life.

He told the Irish Independent last October that he still hoped to be able to conquer Kilimanjaro.

Dr Lyne only took up mountaineering seriously after his 50th birthday.

In 2009, he made his last attempt to conquer the highest mountain in Africa.

"I had a go at Kilimanjaro when I was 83. I didn't make it," he said.

The doctor -- who died last Wednesday -- will be buried in Castletownbere tomorrow.

A lifelong supporter of the Castletownbere RNLI, he has asked that donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to the charity Outdoors Ireland.

Irish Independent

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